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THE AUSTRALIAN

Biscuits


THE AUSTRALIAN

Biscuits


CONTENTS introduction 6 savoury biscuits 8 plain biscuits 30 filled & iced biscuits 122 meringues & macaroons 210 biscotti 246 slices 268 pastries 354 glossary 386 index 392 conversion chart 399


savoury biscuits


savoury biscuits

blue cheese twists 1¼ cups (185g) plain flour ¼ cup (35g) self-raising flour ½ teaspoon salt 60g butter, chopped finely 125g firm blue vein cheese, grated ½ cup (160g) grated tasty cheese 1 egg yolk 3 teaspoons water, approximately pinch paprika 1 Sift flours and salt into large bowl; rub in butter. Stir in cheeses. Add egg yolk and enough water to make a firm dough. Knead dough gently on floured surface until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes. 2 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease oven trays. 3 Roll dough between sheets of baking paper into a rectangle about 3mm thick. Cut into 1cm x 10cm strips. Twist each strip, place about 2cm apart on oven trays; sprinkle strips lightly with paprika. 4 Bake twists about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on trays.

prep + cook time 50 minutes (+ refrigeration) makes 80 8


savoury biscuits

curry caraway crackers 1 tablespoon curry powder 1¼ cups (185g) plain flour ¼ cup (35g) self-raising flour 100g butter, chopped finely 1 egg, beaten lightly 1 teaspoon water, approximately 1 egg white, beaten lightly 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon caraway seeds 1 Dry-fry curry powder in small frying pan over low heat until fragrant. Cool. 2 Sift flours and curry powder into large bowl; rub in butter. Stir in

whole egg and enough water to make a firm dough. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes. 3 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease oven trays. 4 Roll dough between sheets of baking paper to 2mm thickness. Cut into 5cm rounds; place about 3cm apart onto oven trays. Brush lightly with a little egg white; sprinkle with salt and caraway seeds. 5 Bake crackers about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on trays.

prep + cook time 40 minutes (+ refrigeration) makes 70 11


plain biscuits


plain biscuits

gingernuts 90g butter ¹⁄³ cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar ¹⁄³ cup (115g) golden syrup 1¹⁄³ cups (200g) plain flour ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground clove 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease oven trays. 2 Stir butter, sugar and syrup in medium saucepan over low heat

until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in sifted dry ingredients. Cool 10 minutes. 3 Roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls. Place balls about 3cm apart on trays; flatten slightly. 4 Bake gingernuts about 10 minutes; cool on trays.

prep + cook time 25 minutes (+ cooling) makes 32 14


filled & iced biscuits


filled & iced biscuits

chocolate wheaties 90g butter ½ cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg, beaten lightly ¼ cup (20g) desiccated coconut ¼ cup (25g) wheatgerm ¾ cup (120g) wholemeal plain flour ½ cup (75g) white self-raising flour 150g dark eating chocolate, melted 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease oven trays. 2 Beat butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until smooth;

beat in egg. Stir in coconut, wheatgerm and flours. 3 Roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls, place about 3cm apart on trays; flatten with a fork. 4 Bake wheaties about 12 minutes or until browned. Cool on trays. Dip half of each biscuit in chocolate; leave to set on wire racks.

prep + cook time 35 minutes makes 35 18


MERINGUES & MACAROONS


meringues & macaroons

meringue kisses with passionfruit cream cornflour 1 egg white ½ teaspoon white vinegar ¹⁄³ cup (75g) caster sugar 1 teaspoon icing sugar ¼ cup (60ml) thickened cream 1 tablespoon passionfruit pulp 1 tablespoon icing sugar, extra 1 Preheat oven to 120°C/100°C fan-forced. Grease oven trays; dust with a little cornflour, shaking off excess. 2 Beat egg white, vinegar and caster sugar in small bowl with electric mixer about 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves; fold in sifted icing sugar. 3 Place meringue mixture in piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle; pipe 1.5cm rounds 3cm apart on trays. 4 Bake meringues about 30 minutes or until crisp and dry. Cool on trays. 5 Beat cream, passionfruit and 2 teaspoons of the extra sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. 6 Sandwich meringues together with passionfruit cream; dust with remaining extra sifted icing sugar.

prep + cook time 1 hour makes 35 22


BISCOTTI


pastries


Biscuits are the perfect homemade treat. Whether it’s pistachio and cranberry biscotti with your coffee or tomato basil crackers served with cheese, this collection of recipes shows you how easy biscuit-baking can be. All of your favourite cream-filled, chocolatedipped, sugar-dusted and savoury biscuit recipes are here – designed to fill up your biscuit tin and impress your guests.

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